You’re getting ready to sell your house. You’re understandably excited. But, did you properly prepare for the appraiser to come check out your house? If you don’t know what we mean, there are certain things you need to do.
In order to get your house ready for the appraiser, there are three things you need to do. Doing so could help you boost the value of the appraisal.
- Make sure the house – inside and out – is spotless. While this won’t guarantee a higher value, it could help greatly. Let’s be honest. Presentation is everything. Here in the Western Upstate, we are surrounded by beautiful trees and lakes. If your house isn’t spotless, it could stick out like a sore thumb. Make sure everything is nice and tidy for the visit.
- If you don’t have time to fix everything, make sure you point those areas out first. After all, it’s true what they say – “Save the best for last.” Make sure you leave the appraiser with a good impression. While an unorganized living room might be a turn-off at first, explaining your busy schedule and other issues could alleviate the problem with the promise that you will monitor the space.
- Keep a list of what you’ve changed. Not everything will stand out – especially if there is unexpected clutter after you’ve just worked on things. So, keep a list of all the changes you’ve made. An appraiser may not realize the HVAC, ceiling fan in the living room or stove in the kitchen is brand new. All they will see is the mess. However, if you document the new items, you could explain the mess caused by the installation. Doing so may work in your favor.
The Powell Group invites you to find out what an appraiser will look at before you sell your home. We can also help you find the new home of your dreams with all the available homes on our website. Our team members are here to answer all of your housing questions and concerns.
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